Hawaii Island News, 03 October 2018

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Comment:  Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Lava viewing site takes shape
“Managing expectations” will be key to the success of a public-private partnership to create a lava viewing area now that the lava flow has subsided. County administration on Tuesday laid out its plans to create a viewing platform and a short trail just past Lava Tree State Park. From there, people will be able to see the vast expanse of fresh lava and Fissure 8, which is currently inactive. West Hawaii Today.

No tax breaks for Pahoa businesses
An attempt to give a tax break to Puna-area businesses that have been economically impacted by the eruption of Kilauea Volcano was unsuccessful at the Hawaii County Council Finance Committee meeting in Hilo on Tuesday.Big Island Video News.

Eruption relief period extended 
Governor Ige has signed a fourth supplementary proclamation to support Hawaii Island’s recovery from the Kilauea Volcano eruption. This proclamation once again extends the authority to spend state funds as appropriated to protect the health, safety and welfare of Hawaii county residents. Maui Now.

County will hold off on clearing Highway 137 near Pohoiki
Despite discussion last month about possibly reopening Highway 137 in lower Puna, Mayor Harry Kim said Tuesday that lava cannot be cleared from the highway until more than six months have passed since Kilauea eruption’s pause. Tribune-Herald.

Aggressive strain of ROD detected 
During a regularly scheduled quarterly aerial assessment of forests on Hawaii Island in late July, spotters detected more trees “symptomatic” for the presence of C. lukuohia, the fungus more commonly known as rapid ohia death, in the Kalopa State Recreation Area, according to a Tuesday news release from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.  West Hawaii Today. 

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Russ Roberts